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Berger H. (2013): Nomenclator Ciliophorum and Monograph of the Hypotricha, two works documenting the biodiversity of ciliates (Ciliophora) - 2nd BioSyst.EU Meeting, February 18-22, 2013, Vienna. Abstract on p. 27 of Abstract booklet. Poster (14 MB, PDF). Supported by the Austrian Science Fund; Project P-23425-B17.

Nomenclator Ciliophorum and Monograph of the Hypotricha, two works documenting the biodiversity of ciliates (Ciliophora)

Helmut Berger

Consulting Engineering Office for Ecology, Radetzkystrasse 10, 5020 Salzburg, Austria; office@protozoology.com

Recent estimates about numbers of ciliate species range from 3,000 (free-living only) over at least 8,000 (including 200 fossil forms and 3,000 symbiotic species) to about 40,000 (free-living only). The wide range demonstrates that we are far away from knowing the true number of ciliate species. Unfortunately, we do not even know the exact number of species described so far and, more important, we do not have serious estimates about the number of valid species due to lack of detailed revisions in many groups of ciliates. To overcome the first problem, the Nomenclator Ciliophorum is prepared. This catalogue will contain all ciliate names ever published: (i) basionyms of species; (ii) infrasubspecific taxa; (iii) combinations; (iv) genera; and (v) suprageneric taxa. Furthermore, important taxonomic papers are listed for each taxon, so that the nomenclator will be useful not only for taxonomists, but also for ecologists and molecular biologists who will benefit from such an index, for example, in that they can find the updated name (combination) of a certain organism easily. To estimate the valid number of species it is necessary to revise a group in detail. The Monograph of the Hypotricha (Springer) deals with a major group of ciliates, the hypotrichs, which are a core-group of the spirotrichs. Hypotrichs are widely distributed in limnetic and marine habitats, but also in soil. About 1000 nominal species have been described and it is estimated that 700 to 800 of them are valid. Four volumes are available (Oxytrichidae; Urostyloidea; Amphisiellidae and Trachelostylidae; Gonostomatidae and Kahliellidae) and volume 5 (Uroleptidae) will be published in 2013. The final volume is in preparation and deals, inter alia, with the spiralled genera, for example, Hypotrichidium, Strongylidium, Spiretella, Chaetospira. A key to all taxa revised in volumes 16 will be a major part of volume 6. When the monograph is complete, the hypotrichs will be the sole very large group of ciliates which is revised in detail. For further details, see www.protozoology.com/monograph. The Monograph (vol. 6) and the Hypotricha part of the Nomenclator are supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), project P23415-B17.

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Keywords: Hypotrichia, Ciliophora, nomenclature, revision, review, guide, basionym, Ciliophora,


Dr Helmut BERGER
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